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100-Year-Old Oklahoma Woman Is Proud To Vote

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Thousands of Oklahomans are voting early, including a 100-year-old woman who has a message for young voters. Thousands of Oklahomans are voting early, including a 100-year-old woman who has a message for young voters.
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Thousands of Oklahomans are voting early, including a 100-year-old woman who has a message for young voters.

“Every vote counts,” said Mozel Hildreth. She turned 100 on October 29, 2016. “I started voting, the first one was Franklin Roosevelt.”

She’s now at the age where she has to write “1916” and not just “16” because it could be mistaken for “2016”.

Hildreth told News 9 she wouldn’t miss the election for anything because she believes her voice should be heard. For as long as she remembers, she’s been voting Democratic. There is only one year in 1952 where Hildreth voted Republican. It was the year Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for President of the United States.

“Just one time because my father-in-law told us to,” said Hildreth. She was 36 at the time, but said now there isn’t a chance her vote will be swayed. Hildreth is rooting for Hillary Clinton.

“I’m just hoping that I live long enough to see a woman president,” she said, “Being African American, it sure means a whole lot to vote.”

Hildreth remembers a time when her own mother wasn’t allowed to vote and is shocked at how much has changed over the years.

Regardless of party, Hildreth hopes everyone will exercise their right to vote. Her advice to young voters, which would be anyone under 100 years old, “I wouldn’t tell them who to vote for, just to get out and vote.”

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